Interhemispheric asymmetry of the evoked responses to moving sound stimuli in humans

© 2015 S. Ph. Vaitulevich, E. A. Petropavlovskaia, L. B. Shestopalova, N. I. Nikitin

Pavlov Institute of Physiology, RAS 199034, Saint-Petersburg, Makarova emb., 6

Received 03 Oct 2014

The EEG was recorded while the sound stimuli were binaurally presented in a passive oddball paradigm. The standard stimuli were the low pass noise bursts localized near the head midline. The deviants were the same noises moving from the head midline within the frontal acoustic space either gradually or abruptly. The two patterns of sound motion were simulated manipulating the interaural time differences. The asymmetry ratios were estimated for the N1P2 components of the ERPs and for the MMN amplitude. The ERPs to standards and deviants clearly demonstrated right hemisphere dominance at frontal and central recording sites. The rightward bias was greater at lateral recordings and depended on the direction of the sound motion. The MMN asymmetry was less evident and tended towards contralateral dominance. The only factor of significance for the MMN asymmetry was the angular distance between standard and deviant stimuli. The present study suggests different hemispheric predominance for the ERPs and MMNs elicited by the moving sounds. These finding are consistent with previous reports of MMN contralaterality and of asymmetric involvement of the right hemisphere in the ERP generation.

Key words: spatial hearing, auditory evoked potentials, mismatch negativity (MMN), interhemispheric asymmetry

Cite: Vaitulevich S. Ph., Petropavlovskaia E. A., Shestopalova L. B., Nikitin N. I.. Mezhpolusharnaya asimmetriya summarnoi aktivnosti mozga cheloveka pri lokalizatsii istochnika zvuka [Interhemispheric asymmetry of the evoked responses to moving sound stimuli in humans]. Sensornye sistemy [Sensory systems]. 2015. V. 29(2). P. 148-162 (in Russian).

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